Ready to bring joy to your wallet this holiday season, saving time along the way?
Try these tips:
1. December 10th through 18th are the best days to shop the following items:
Dec. 10: Fitness Gear and Sporting Goods
Dec. 11-13: High Definition TVs
Dec. 14: Toys, Gaming Systems
Dec. 15: Stocking Stuffers
Dec. 16: Clothes, Tools and Hardware
Dec. 18: Small kitchen appliances
2. Don’t pay for shipping–shop online on December 15th.
December 15th is Free Shipping Day. Shop participating merchants and avoid all shipping fees, plus you’re guaranteed the package will be delivered by Christmas Eve. The list of participating stores is long. Here are a few favorites:
Toys “R” Us
3. Sign up for your free trial of Amazon Prime ASAP.
Why? To maximize Amazon Prime’s free shipping perks during the holiday season, of course.
If you sign up on Nov. 19th, the first day of the Thanksgiving Thirty, you’ll have access to free shipping during the Black Friday Five all the way through peak shopping week in December.
4. Use Pinterest to watch for price drops.
It’s true. Pinterest will tell you when a Buyable Pin that you’ve saved drops in price.
Note that it has to be a Buyable Pin, not just any Pin. But when the price drops, Pinterest will send you an email, and you can make the purchase right inside your Pinterest app. Start pinning your Christmas list now!
5. Shop toys at Costco.
For example, this American Girl case study compares Costco prices with Amazon prices. Here are some examples from 2016:
American Girl Samantha Parkington 18-inch doll set:
American Girl Horse & Saddle 7-piece set:
American Girl Bitty Baby 12-piece set:
Amazon: $197.97 (Amazon doesn’t even sell this particular set. You’d have to buy the baby and the accessories separately.)
6. Wait to shop until the Thanksgiving Thirty for the hottest deals.
Aim to have all your shopping done by Dec. 20th.
Retailers know they have you in a bind this close to Christmas, and prices won’t drop.
Instead, shop during the Thanksgiving Thirty, November 19-December 20th to get the most out of your holiday shopping dollar.
7. Download each store’s app for coupons you can’t get anywhere else.
Macy’s app: Get 25% off your first in-app purchase.
Kohl’s app: New users get a free 50 Yes to You points when they download the Kohl’s app.
Target app: Get access to all Cartwheel offers through the Target app.
8. Sell unused gift cards on Gift Card Granny for extra cash.
We’ve all been given gift cards to stores we simply don’t shop. This time try getting cash when you sell it on Raise.com and then you can spend the money on things you’ll actually use.
For example, A $50 Body Shop gift card could go for $40 on Gift Card Granny.
9. Buy other people’s unused (reduced priced) gift cards.
Use Gift Card Granny to buy gift cards at discounted prices, potentially an average of 12-15% off (or more this time of year!). Look:
TJMaxx and Marshalls, 9%
Dick’s Sporting Goods, 10%
Charming Charlie’s, 42%
10. Shop at retailers that let you price match their online prices.
Prices in-store don’t always match online prices. In fact, sometimes the online price is a lot better. We found 19 stores that give you the online price in-store. (Hint: Gap, Target, Macy’s, and Toys “R’ Us made the list.)
11. Sign up for store loyalty programs.
Create a separate email account so you’re not slammed with a bunch of spammy emails, and sign up for all the best store loyalty programs. Not only will you find out about exclusive deals, but most stores send instant coupons when you sign up. (Like $10 off your first purchase at The Children’s Place, 25% off at Gap, 15% off (or free shipping!) at Pottery Barn…)
12. Send a Christmas postcard instead of a Christmas card + envelope.
Postage on a postcard is $0.34 versus $0.47 for a card. Plus you’ll save money because you’re not buying envelopes.
13. First two weeks of December is the best time to buy an artificial tree.
Get your under-$80 tree during the first two weeks of December if you missed Black Friday (or don’t want to brave Black Friday crowds). The first two weeks of December, Home Depot, K-Mart and Sears all have artificial trees at discounted prices.
14. Mail packages by Dec 15th, 16th or 20th.
If you’re not ordering online and you’re shipping packages yourself, find out the deadlines for shipping for your chosen service. This way you can avoid paying expedited shipping fees and make sure your package arrives on time. Rule of thumb: the longer you wait, the more you risk paying increased amounts to ship.
USPS: Retail Ground (packages or anything larger than a letter) ship by Dec. 15th. Mail your priority letters by Dec. 20th.
UPS: Ship before December 10th. (This is the last day you can use UPS 3-Day Select, which is the most affordable service they offer.)
FedEx: Ship by December 16th in order to use FedEx Ground to save the most.
15. Buy airplane tickets, like NOW.
You shouldn’t even finish reading this article–go buy your airline tickets!
16. Save more when you buy wine by the case.
Whole Foods does this for sure. World Market also gives you 30% off a case of wine twice a year in the spring and late summer, and Albertsons offers a 30% off case discount every eight weeks or so. You’ll save up to 10% on wine if you buy it by the case. Find out more ways to save on alcohol this holiday season, and more ways to save on wine from an expert.
17. Use Amazon’s price comparison app to make sure you’re getting the best price.
It may save you dollars, or it may save you cents, but either way, it adds up. Use the Amazon app to pull up the Amazon price of any item, and never overpay again.
Excerpts provided from the Krazy Koupon Lady Blog